Last year we discovered a CD in the world music section of Tower Records in Zeze by a French artist named Zaz. We didn’t know anything about her but we could listen to the CD in the shop and we instantly fell in love with her smoky voice and bohemian style. We bought the CD and have since listened to it almost daily, as well as having bought it for a few birthday and Christmas presents for friends and family.
The CD, self-titled as Zaz was released in fall of 2010 and remained for more than 15 weeks on the French billboard at #1. She is compared with one of the most famous French singers of the 20th century, Edith Piaf and the only cover on the album is a Piaf cover. You can watch several great clips on You Tube of her playing acoustic in the streets of Mont Martre in France, but if you want to REALLY see her, she will be in Japan for a few concerts this February. February 23rd and 24th Zaz will be playing in Tokyo at Blitz, and the 25th in Osaka at Namba Hatch. Check her out live if you can- in my opinion this is one of the best live shoes coming to Japan this year and it’s worth catching a great young talent on her first world tour. If not- grab a copy of her CD, it’s worth the 3000 yen. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Edward, SSE Otsu